Marrakech presents opportunity to accelerate global climate action | WWF

Marrakech presents opportunity to accelerate global climate action

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07 November 2016

Abu Dhabi, UAE (6 November 2016) UN climate negotiators will have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate global climate action when they meet just days after the world’s first universal climate deal becomes a legally binding global treaty.
The talks, which must now clarify rules for implementation and a clear the way for ambitious, accelerated climate commitments, begins in Marrakech, Morocco on 7 November.
“Marrakech is about getting down to business, clarifying the Paris Agreement’s rules of engagement, and empowering governments, businesses, cities, and other sectors to make increasingly ambitious commitments. We must leave these negotiations having a more solid framework, but knowing we already have all the power to create the world we need,” said Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF International’s Climate and Energy Practice. 
The Paris Agreement is now the global roadmap for climate action. We have moved from a period of promise to an era of action. Now, we must hold leaders accountable for delivering on commitments to limit rising global temperatures.
“Decisions made in the next few years will largely determine if we’re able to achieve the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed in Paris or if we take the unthinkable option of blowing right past it,” said Pulgar-Vidal.
In Marrakech, negotiators must focus on:

Creating clearer guidelines for this new global agreement:
With the Paris Agreement we have a plan of action but we haven’t finalised the rules that will govern this plan. All Parties involved need to leave COP22 with greater clarity on process and greater clarity on how they can meet and improve on their current climate pledges, so that we can successfully deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement.
Highlighting the role of collaboration between State and non-State actors:
Many non-State actors are taking action now, and this must send a signal to countries to take bolder actions themselves now, before 2020, and in subsequent years.

Underscoring importance of the 2018 moment, and need to ramp up ambition before that date:
2018 is first opportunity to see if Paris will really change the way we do business. There are additional opportunities to be capitalised on that depend on individual country leadership and cooperation among countries to unleash that mitigation potential. Ramping up ambition in the next two years is crucial to closing the gap between what has already been committed in terms of reducing emissions and what science says we need do to reduce emissions to keep warming below 1.5°C and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Fred Kwame, regional director for WWF’s Regional Office for Africa, said “it was meaningful that the first meeting of UN climate negotiators after the Paris COP, is taking place in Africa.
“Africa is one of the regions hardest hit by climate change. So support - especially on finance and technology transfer - is vital to ensure that African countries can fully implement their national climate plans. The Marrakech COP22 must ensure these issues are addressed with clear financing mechanisms of INDCs."

Offering a UAE perspective of COP 22 Tanzeed Alam, Climate & Energy Director at EWS-WWF, said “The UAE has made significant steps over the last year in prioritising action on climate change.  We have seen the establishment of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the ratification by the UAE of the Paris Agreement and the announcement that the UAE is developing its first National Climate Action Plan. However, there is still more to be done if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.  Through COP 22 we hope to see the UAE ramp up its level of ambition and encourage others from the region to come to the table, as current global pledges are insufficient to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. We also want to see a more coordinated approach to make ambitious targets and measures more effectively actioned on the ground in the UAE.  EWS-WWF will be at COP 22 and we look forward to meeting and collaborating with peers from government, business and civil society to continue to collectively drive action on climate change.”